Université de Montréal Libraries has decided to cancel nearly all of its subscriptions to the Springer collection. 6.6% of the collection’s titles have been kept.
Following negotiations with the publisher Springer, Université de Montréal (UdeM) Libraries has decided to cut back and cancel nearly all of its subscriptions to this large collection of journals. As a result, only 150 of the collection’s 2,266 titles, or 6.6%, have been kept. Springer, which in 2015 merged with Nature, is among the five publishers controlling more than half of the scholarly publishing market.
UdeM Libraries explains its action through an article published by their general director Richard Dumont, denouncing the publisher’s methods and rates:
“Instead of paying the publishers’ asking price, UdeM Libraries is willing to pay a fair price,” writes Dumont. “We use the same approach with all publishers when determining the amount we are willing to pay for large collections of journals. We consider both the publishers’ pricing and the needs of the UdeM. Our approach seems be on track so far since three major publishers have accepted our offers this year,” he concludes.
Read Richard Dumont’s article on the UdeM Libraries website.